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Weaponized lies : how to think critically in the post-truth era

Author: Daniel J Levitin
Publisher: New York, New York : Dutton, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It's raining bad data, half-truths, and fake news out there - and some of this nonsense is having devastation consequences. Daniel J. Levitin shows how corporate and government reports, statistics, and news stories can mislead, and reveals the way lying weasels use them. What makes lies dangerous is the certainty with which people are prone to believe them. Here is how to fix that."--Page 4 of cover.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel J Levitin
ISBN: 9781101983829 1101983825 9780525955221 0525955224
OCLC Number: 980921421
Notes: "Previously published as A field guide to lies."
"Updated and with a new introduction"--Cover.
Description: xxii, 294 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: Thinking critically --
Evaluating numbers --
Plausibility --
Fun with averages --
Axis shenanigans --
Hijinks with how numbers are reported --
How numbers are collected --
Probabilities --
Evaluating words --
How do we know? --
Identifying expertise --
Overlooked, undervalued alternative explanations --
Counterknowledge --
Evaluating the world --
How science works --
Logical fallacies --
Knowing what you don't know --
Bayesian thinking in science and in court --
Four case studies --
Conclusion: discovering your own --
Appendix: Application of Bayes's Rule --
Glossary.
Other Titles: Field guide to lies
Responsibility: Daniel J. Levitin.

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"It's raining bad data, half-truths, and fake news out there - and some of this nonsense is having devastation consequences. Daniel J. Levitin shows how corporate and government reports, statistics, and news stories can mislead, and reveals the way lying weasels use them. What makes lies dangerous is the certainty with which people are prone to believe them. Here is how to fix that."--Page 4 of cover.

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